There is an intrinsic, inherent balance that is an integral part of the principles of scale and proportion that lie within the designs for the Jamb reproduction lighting collections. Most of my time is spent at our warehouse in Mitcham working on new designs with the product development team and its always exciting when new designs are added to our hanging lanterns and wall light collections – we have just added five that I have detailed below:
The Art Deco wall light named the Elbert inspired by Elbert Hubbard ( 1856-1915) an American writer, philosopher and artist profoundly influenced by William Morris and John Ruskin.
Even though we have over hundred globe, hanging lanterns and wall light products, I am continually working on more designs in different sizes to fulfil our clients requirements. Jamb is often used for clients building their own homes and in need of multiple numbers of lighting for the interior and exterior use, making me continually think of the right scale and use for our designs. From the portico of the English country house to the living room of a New York loft apartment; A European wine room to the English boot room or L.A pool house, our lighting has been used in so many different environments and spaces. The Delaval hanging lantern glows outside the Delaunay Restaurant. A series of the Conroy wall light was used for the exterior of Sexy Fish in Mayfair and the Hôtel Crillion in Paris chose the small Hyde hanging lantern.
Like so many of our designs, the Elbert has taken months of tweaking until I am totally satisfied that it reflects a perfect Jamb design. This light, inspired by using different art deco elements, is completely designed from scratch. We plan to make it in different sizes, but for now it is a reasonably small size (12”x8.25”x4.3) With its shallow depth it is easy to place anywhere, (particularly hallways, larders – any nook or cranny that has special limitations!) It is a brilliant, interesting and unusual light. There is nothing like it.
This elegant lantern named after George Grant Elmslie (1872-1952) has taken much of its design from the Arts and Crafts aesthetic movement. The campana hood hangs from a ball finial and the pierced cupola evokes an orientalist influence. The hexagonal glazed body has a canted lower section on ball feet. Shown here in the antique verdigris finish it measures 30 ” by 18″. I find something exceptionally romantic about the design of this lighting fixture.
The Lethaby hanging lantern is named after William Lethaby ( 1857-1931), the English Architect and Architectural Historian highly influenced by Arts and Craft and early modern movement.
This ‘arts and craft’ turn of the century dome top lantern could easily be swept away without a second glance. You could be forgiven for thinking this light is extremely pedestrian, an uninviting item. But when you look closer, the precision and attention to detail in the design is extraordinary and it truly does embody perfection. Everything about it, from its scale, (again it is a relatively small size) to the moulding – every detail is perfect. I am not afraid to boast that of it’s the best of this type. It amazes me how a simple and common form – the Dome top, when drawn to perfection, exudes a sense of magic in its proportion.
It is shown here with frosted glass but available in clear glass and similarly to all of our lights, is available in many different hand finishes. It is a really lovely lantern with wonderful proportions. Being a smaller sized hanging lantern (21 3/4/ by 12 inch) it is perfect for exteriors or interior spaces with limited space.
The Extra large lattice is pretty much double the original lattice globe lantern. Indeed, the magnificent size of this globe light takes a few men to manoeuvre! The design was created by using elements taken from ‘The Builder’s Companion’ published by William Pain in the 1770’s . The idea was to create something ambiguous in date that could be 18th century in origin or indeed an Art Deco ‘classical revival’ piece and thus work in a modern or pure 18th century interior.
It is exceptionally difficult to find gothic lanterns that are both restrained and classical in form so when we bought this lantern I could not resist putting it in the collection. The Selwyn hexagonal hanging lantern is designed in the Gothic style of the George IV period. Shown here in the distressed gilt finish the light features include running trefoil castings and curved upper supports terminating in a crown. The brim of the glazed panels are also decorated with a trefoil motif, above turned finials.
The Ancient Greek sculptor Polykleitos wrote “perfection comes about little by little through many numbers.” I hope that I come close as I continue to design the Jamb reproduction collections for the many historical and contemporary houses that we are part of.